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hello. this is breakfast, with charlie stayt and steph mcgovern. the veteran actor sirjohn hurt has died aged 77. he appeared in 200 films and television productions and was twice nominated for an oscar. good morning, it's saturday, 28th january. also ahead: hand in hand in the white house. donald trump and theresa may pledge their commitment to the special relationship. iama i am a people person. i think you are also, theresa, and i can often tell how i get along with somebody very early and i believe we will have a fantastic relationship. after a spate of accidents, a call for lorry drivers to be banned from using satnavs designed for cars. in sport, a let off
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for the premier league champions. leicester city were four minutes from being knocked out of the fa cup by derby county, but wes morgan earns them a replay. and chris has the weather. it's not as cold as it has been over recent days, but we've got rain to contend with today and it is still cold enough for some of that range of four as snow in the hills of scotland. a full forecast in the next half—hour. good morning. first our main story: the actor sirjohn hurt has died. he was 77 and had recently been battling cancer. he starred in around 200 films, including harry potter and was nominated for an oscar for his roles in the elephant man and midnight express. our correspondent nick higham reports. everything came to a head today. nice man with an unexpected
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sympathetic one. the sort of complex characterjohn hurt played with such ease and subtlety. his talent was spotted early in a succession of leading stage and television roles. his first big breakthrough came in 1966 in a man for all seasons. sell it and buy one... a small part, but in a high profile, oscar—winning film. a few years later he was starring opposite richard attenborough in 10 rillington place. on television he was the mad roman emperor in i, claudius. you ordered no triumphs! of course i ordered no triumphs! do you think i ordered triumph for myself? you ordered us to not order any. and you took me at my word?! and then came the naked civil servant. i wear rouge and mascara on my eyelashes, i dye my hair and wear flamboyant clothes.
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many people said, don't do it, you will never work again. but i said it wasn't about being homosexual, it was about the tenderness of the individual against the cruelty of the crowd. he earned an oscar nomination for midnight express in which he played a heroin addict in a turkish prison. and there was another oscar nomination for his performance as the hideously disfigured john merrick in the elephant man. i'm not used to being treated so well... a beautiful woman. his lined and weathered face meant he was perfect in the film 1984 as george orwell‘s reluctant rebel. he accepted all the film and television parts he was offered, although that meant stage appearances like this were rare. that's something that no one can advise you on. he played stephen ward, society schemer. i could do wonders with you, little baby. you're my future selves! yes!
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later in his career he made a guest appearance in doctor who. why are you pointing your screwdrivers like that? few actors were busy, almost 200 screen roles along. few actors were as reliably and engagingly watchable. john hurt who died aged 77. donald trump and theresa may have vowed to renew the special relationship between their two countries. the us president said "many great days lie ahead for our two peoples." the two leaders also stressed their commitment to nato in talks at the white house. the us president is due to speak to vladimir putin on the phone today for the first time since he took office. our correspondent david willis reports from washington. it's going to be a fantastic relationship, so test donald trump. and as if to press the point he grasps the prime minister by the hand. perhaps the crowning achievement of theresa may's visit,
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engineering and apparent u—turn in donald trump's approach to nato, an alliance he once described as obsolete. on defence and security operation we are united in our recognition of nato as the ball work of our collective defence and today we've reaffirmed our unsha keable commitment to this alliance. i think mr presidentjuncker confident you are 100% behind nato? mr presidentjuncker confident you are 10096 behind nato? it is a week since donald trump became president, the week that has been fraught with controversy, following a controversial and unorthodox campaign. if president, you said before that torture works. you praised russia and said he wanted to ban some muslims from coming to america, you suggested there should be punishment for abortion. for many people in britain goes sound like alarming beliefs. —— those are sound. what do you say to viewers at home who are worried about some of your views and worried about you becoming leader of the free world? your choice of question? because
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that relation —— there goes that relationship. theresa may is the first foreign leader to sign her name in the donald trump visitor book. later today he will talk to the french and german leaders by phone, as well as russia's president vladimir putin. there's been talk of lifting sanctions on russia. theresa may's advice, proceed with caution. their styles may be different but their relationship appears to be off toa their relationship appears to be off to a solid start. theresa may might be wondering where it will take them. president trump has also announced stringent controls on immigration which he said would keep what he called "radical islamic terrorists" out of the united states. earlier we asked david willis to give us more detail on the proposals. donald trump loud in his inauguration address too, as he put it, eradicate islamic terrorism from the face of the earth. he has now signed an executive order, banning
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refugees from the country indefinitely, in the case of those from syria, temporarily in the case of those from other places. mr trump believes terrorists often pose as refugees in order to get access to the country. he wants only people allowed into support america and who love its people. he also announced plans for a temporary ban on issuing of visas to citizens from seven countries, predominately muslim countries, predominately muslim countries, that have been linked to terrorism. reaction has been swift. the senate minority leader chuck schumer described it as the scrivener tree and unconstitutional and he said that tears would be running down the cheeks of the statue of liberty. america's grand tradition of welcoming immigrants, he said, had been stomped upon by these measures. theresa may has travelled from washington to turkey for talks with president erdogan. the talks are expected to focus on trade and security but she's facing pressure to discuss concerns about alleged human rights abuses in turkey.
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lorry drivers should be banned from using sat navs designed for cars. that's what councils are calling for after a spate of incidents caused by heavy goods vehicles using bridges where they're too big or too heavy. the local government association wants legislation brought in to make it compulsory for all lorry drivers to use sat navs specifically designed for their vehicle. keith doyle reports. when a large lorry tried to cross this region over the thames in buckinghamshire last year, it caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage. it was ten times heavier bamber bridge's weight limits, but the sat nav didn't know that. sat navs are leading large vehicles into unsuitable roads across the country. causing damage and disruption. the local government association, which represents local authorities across england and wales, says truck drivers using sat navs and phones meant for cars are causing mayhem.
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they want to lorry drivers to be forced to use the right kind of sat navs for large vehicles. we're singer growing problem. i get more complaints from local residents. they see country lanes blocked by vehicles that should go down them and local high streets where they are blocked by large vehicles and also local economies as it when you see the glory is going over bridges that they can't take the weight for. most truck drivers to use the right kind of sat navs, but they say they are no substitute for common sense. sat navs are ok, but you can't rely on them. we've got specialised vehicles and even they go wrong. it is being careful. that's not to say you don't turn around sometimes. the bridge has now reopened after two months of repairs, but locals say they live in fear of a similar accident closing it at any time and that's why the local government association says something needs to be done to stop drivers of larger
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vehicles using the wrong kind of sat nav, that's leading them into nothing but trouble. employers are being offered advice about how to reduce the gender pay gap before new regulations come into force in april. ministers say progress has been made but more needs to be done. companies with at least 250 workers will be forced to reveal the pay rates for men and women. international help has been arriving in chile to help the country fight the worst wildfires in its history. so far 11 people have died and 1,500 homes have been destroyed. our correspondent greg dawson has more. beneath the rising plumes of smoke you get a sense of the scale of what is now one of the biggest emergencies in this country's history. forest incinerated, towns destroyed and lives lost. the fire service is so overwhelmed that residents are protecting their homes with whose pipes and bottles of
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water. or than 100 fires are still breaching. they are aided by high winds and dry conditions. with services are stretched, teams of firefighters have arrived from colombia and mexico has also provide reinforcements. earlier in the week the world's list firefighting plane arrived on loan from the us. now russia is sending a similar aircraft. the damage has left thousands without a home and many forced into temporary shelters, like the school. others are sleeping in vehicles, clinging to what they have left. but on friday came a reminder of those who flossed much more. funerals were held for a firefighter and policeman, both killed as they tried to tackle the flames. at least ten people are now known to have died, but with so few of these fires under control it's a number that is likely to keep rising in the coming days. a draft letter of abdication from king george ii! has been made public for the first time.
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the unsent letter, which includes crossings out, redrafts, blotches and scrawls was written during the american war of independence, and is one of thousands of his private papers released by the royal archives. it is fascinating seeing those documents. the royal archives release has been filmed for a bbc documentary and we will be speaking to the historian robert hardman about the programme at 8:50am. they had a chance to have a look at some of these documents and we will talk to him a little later. i bet they were excited when they got the chance to see them. it is coming up to the eurovision song contest and the uk entry has been decided. metabolism. # the ocea ns been decided. metabolism. # the oceans ci’oss. . . former x—factor contestant luciejones will represent the country in kiev, in may, with the song
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‘never give up on you'. it was written by a former eurovision winner. that will hopefully help. lucie was chosen after winning the combined public and jury vote at the end of a live tv show, in which six singers performed. all of the potential acts were former x—factor contestants. i feel like maybe we ifeel like maybe we need i feel like maybe we need to ifeel like maybe we need to hear a little bit more. we couldn't make out much of it, but maybe we will hear more of it later. over to the sport in a few minutes. first, the newspapers. let's have a look at the front page of the daily mirror. they are the first of the papers to reflect the news overnight that we will be reporting on this morning, many tributes being paid to john hurt, who has died at the age of 77. the announcement made in the early hours of this morning. and if we look at the daily mail, a
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lot of the papers are covering the picture off course of trump meeting theresa may and the fact that they held hands. not for very long, theresa may and the fact that they held hands. not forvery long, i hasten to add. but that is the picture that all of the papers are... have grabbed. it was one of the most extraordinary days in the long history of the uk— us relations. indeed, those images all over the front pages. the times, this was taken a little earlier in their meeting. this is in the white house. churchill, the bust is back. donald trump said it should have been there all along. slightly awkward at that point, but by the time they got to the press conference later thing seemed a lot smoother and that was the point at which theresa may revealed that donald trump had been invited by the queen for a state visit later this year and donald trump has agreed that he will come. there is so much analysis of the
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time and the body language. this was the daily mirror before they changed the daily mirror before they changed the front cover to sirjohn hurt. yes, and if we go through some of the inside pages, they are having a great deal of fun looking at how the two of them were engaging with one another. you can see quite a lot of the smiles. a lot of mentions of the special relationship and indeed certainly from theresa may quite a lot of detail and specifics of the things she had been asking. donald trumpa things she had been asking. donald trump a couple of times taken aback by some of the questions, especially from the british press. we will hear more about that later this morning. cani more about that later this morning. can i show you one story? anyone who loves their dog, which is pretty much everyone, a leading to basically... her beagle managed to get into trouble and ended up in some waterfor up get into trouble and ended up in some water for up she went in
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wearing one of those life rings that she found nearby and saved the beagle. a frozen lake. she was really brave! you would say brave, others would say stupid. i wouldn't say that but it's instinct. you hear about the emergency services warning about those circumstances. all is well. they are both ok. here's chris with a look at this morning's weather. good morning. we've had a week where the deep freeze has been with us, temperatures way below normal and we've had a lot of fog problems as well but the thaw is setting in and today will be significantly milder for a good chunk of the country, particularly england and wales with temperatures on the mild side for some this morning. yesterday we had a lot of cloud in the isle of wight, this was a weather watcher picture.
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we will see a lot of these cloudy skies today, a band of rain working northwards across england, wales, scotla nd northwards across england, wales, scotland and rain for northern ireland but it shouldn't last too long here. through the day the only thing to watch out for is we could see some of the rain falling as snow in the higher ground in scotland, around 300 metres elevation for the most pa rt around 300 metres elevation for the most part but we could have io in this part of the world first thing. by this part of the world first thing. by the time we get to the afternoon the rain will ease of in eastern england and southern wales, the sky is brighter, a few showers coming in but look at these temperatures. nine in london and sixes and sevens in the midlands and northern england. in northern ireland, brightening up nicely, a few showers here but in scotla nd nicely, a few showers here but in scotland and the far north of england the rain will be reluctant to ease and here it will stay cold at around four. overnight as the rain clears away, with clearing skies it will be cold enough for
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highs to develop on untreated roads and services. a touch of frost in the countryside. further south the breeze keeping the frost at bay in wales and southern counties in particular. here's the picture on sunday, the weather starting on a bright note with sunshine in northern areas, the risk of ice first thing. a change through the day, a band of rain working into northern ireland, wales and the south—west and we should hold onto decent sunshine in scotland and north—east england. quite cold in the sunshine, forsix, but in the south—west we'll have double figures in plymouth. —— forsix. the atlantic finally waking up bringing weather fronts in from the west. these will be slow—moving across the uk but it could be windy later in the week as well. that's the weather. back to you two. tell you what, it must be warm in the studio with three buttons open on your! i know! thanks very much,
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see you later —— your shirt. now it's time for the film review. this week mark kermode and gavin esler take us through t2 trainspotting, sing and hacksaw ridge. hello, and welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases, as ever, mark kermode is with me, and what will you be telling us about this week, mark? it is a very big week. trainspotting t2, they meet up after 20 years. then we have singh, an animated feature from the people that gave us minions. and hacksaw ridge, mel gibson at war. train—spotting 2.
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i can't wait. t2, train—spotting. one of those titles you can't quite get a measure of. 20 years later, the original characters are reunited. renton is drawn back into his past for reasons which are not immediately explained and we find the old crew ravaged not so much by heroin as by age and by disappointment and by a degree of emasculation and the way in which their lives have not worked out as they will have expected. begbie has been in prison and spud, when renton first finds him, has basically all but lost the will to live, until hi friend returns and gives him new vigor. here's a clip. i can't fail again. i need to detox the system. spud, detox the system? what does that even mean? it doesn't mean anything.
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it's not getting it out of your body that's the problem, it's getting it out of your mind. you are an addict. you think i haven't heard that 100,000 times. you got 12 more steps for me? i'm trying. so, be addicted. be addicted to something else. you have got to channel it, you have got to control it. people try all sorts. some people try boxing. boxing?! it's just an example. i don't mean you should... what did you channel it into? getting away. that clip's interesting because it was funny but it ends on that very melancholic note. as somebody who saw the original 20 years ago, i remember being really astonished by how dark it was. but people forget about how shocking it was. what i liked about this was it felt like a film about middle age, about the way in which the world changes, about the way in which the characters' bodies have changed,
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their characteristics have changed, and as with so many of danny boyle's films, it's about friendship, the way the present loops back to the past and has this elegiac longing for the past. but it's also very much a modern movie. my only reservation with this, i thought it worked really well, because i didn't want to be let down. i didn't want them to be revisiting this for cash, for money, because that is an easy thing to do. it is a film with integrity. the screenwriterjohn hodge created something new. they have created something artistic. it is really well directed. my only question would be, i don't know what it would look like if you were a young viewers seeing it for the first time, not having all that history with trainspotting, because a lot of what it is doing is playing with the past. but i like that about it — the interplay between the past and the present. it's like meeting these characters
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again and genuinely seeing what time has done to them. and the screenplay of the original, from the irvine welsh book, was funny and quite philosophical. a brilliant screenplay. is it as funny? i think hodge has done a brilliantjob. there are an awful lot of laughs in it. it is definitely more melancholy than the original. it doesn't have that vampiric bite that the original had, not the venomous feeling of the original. but what it does have is a sense of ennui, that life is full of in two disappointment but giving voice to those characters. a sense that life is full of disappointments, but somehow finding vibrancy and giving a voice to those characters
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who would otherwise have been written off as deadbeats again, following on that tradition. i am looking forward to your other choice. it's about a group of animals in a singing competition. it owes a lot more to mickey rooney, judy garland, old school, let's put the show on here rather than a singing competition. it starts out as a singing competition, but moves on to saving a theatre. it won me over very gradually. at the beginning i thought it was sweet—natured fun, but as it went on, it started to have that charm, that old—fashioned throwback charm which i loved from all those old musicals. you can tell it's notjust something which is just fluff. yes, it's bright and shiny with more pop tunes in it than you could wave a stick at, but it has something more important. it has a bit of heart in it and that is down to garthjennings. hacksaw ridge.
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mel gibson reinventing himself again? it's the film that rehabilitated mel gibson. this is about someone who volunteered as a medic in world war two and refused to carry a weapon into the unfolding horror of war. let's see a clip. how come you don't fight? you think you are better than us? no. what if you was attacked? do you like that? pacifism says to turn the other cheek, don't it? i don't think this is a question of religion, fellas. i think this is cowardice, plain and simple. is that right, boss? well, go on. take a poke. i'll tell you what, i'm going to give you a free shot. right there. go on. let him have it.
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no? the peculiar thing about this film is before i saw it, i heard people comparing it to apocalypto, which i think is mel gibson's best work but this is not it. this is two films fighting for supremacy. the first half of it is almost cheesy. it's saccharine sweet almost. then we move to the war scenes and they are brutal and bloody and if you have seen the passion of the christ, you know that mel gibson absolutely really does that well. what that means is you get two separate movies going on. sometimes the battle scenes are absolutely horrific and up there with the stephen spielberg stuff from saving private ryan, but sometimes they teeter over into something which approach is parody, almost tropic thunder, so you get a weird mix. the movie feels like it is pulling in a number of different ways. i came out of this slightly baffled, because there are things in it that
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are very cheesy, some things that are really sentimental and saccharine, other things that are brutal and gory i think it has moments that are really striking. the story is really striking. it is a true story and i have read a bit about him in the past. it is a great story. obviously the point of that is he's a very brave man not to fight. just because the story is great, doesn't mean the film is consistently great. i wondered if the saccharine start at the beginning was mel gibson trying to prepare the american public to find someone who was a conscientious objector heroic. i don't know if that's what was going on. i literally spent the first third of the film thinking, when is this going to turn into the great movie that everyone tells me it is? once we had got into the war sequences as i said, he can do that stuff really well, but he can also push it too far. not clint eastwood then?
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no, but that is an interesting comparison, because his movies are different to an american audience than to a british audience. what more can we say about la la land? i love it. i think everyone who keeps saying, is it as good as everyone says? yes it is. people are concerned that it is not as good as we have been saying, like it is overhyped, but i haven't stopped singing it since i saw it. that little phrase he plays on the piano. by the way it is clearly ripped off mad world. i loved la la land. best film and best director for the baftas and the oscars? yes, i think it will absolutely sweep the board. which is a shame because i loved moonlight. finally, under the shadow, which i haven't seen yet. you must, because you will absolutely love it. it is a british production set in tehran, shot injordan. it is about a mother and her daughter in an apartment
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building being shelled in the iraq/iran war, but they are being terrorised by a gin spirit. it owes a debt to things like rosemary's ba by. it is smart, it is intelligent, suprising, influenced by the babadook and i promise you you will love it. right, that is my homework for the weekend. i shall look for under the shadow. you will find more film news and reviews across the bbc including all our previous shows on the website. thank you for watching. enjoy the movies. with pancreatic cancer in 2015. tributes have been pouring in online. actor elijah wood tweeted, saying: very sad to hear ofjohn hurt‘s passing. it was such an honor to have watched you work, sir. us director mel brooks says: no one could have played
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the elephant man more memorably. he will be sorely missed. actor david schneider in a tweet has said: i was in a film with him and he was so mesmerising i kept forgetting to act. stephen fry says: theresa may and donald trump have stressed their commitment to nato in talks at the white house. the prime minister and the president both reiterated the importance of the special relationship in the first visit of a foreign leader to washington since donald trump's inauguration. theresa may urged the united states not to lift sanctions against russia. the us president is due to speak to vladimir putin today. i will be representing the american people very, very strongly and forcefully a nd people very, very strongly and forcefully and if we have a great relationship with russia and other countries and if we go after isis together, which has to be stopped, i
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will consider that a good thing, not a bad thing. theresa may has travelled from washington to turkey for talks with president erdogan. the talks are expected to focus on trade and security but she's facing pressure to discuss concerns about alleged human rights abuses in turkey. lorry drivers should be banned form using sat navs designed for cars. that's what councils are calling for after a spate of incidents caused by heavy goods vehicles using bridges where they're too big or too heavy. the local government association wants legislation brought in to make it compulsory for all lorry drivers to use sat—navs specifically designed for their vehicle a draft letter of abdication from king george ii! has been made public for the first time. the unsent letter, which includes crossings out, redrafts, blotches and scrawls, was written during the american war of independence, and is one of thousands of his private papers released by the royal archives.
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we will be looking in more detail at that. those are the main stories this morning. over to the sport. let's hope the fa cup fourth round continues in the way it started. one of those moments where we don't know whether to laugh... when you watch it again, it is an own goal, but in the end it didn't matter for derby. derby went so close to upsetting their neighbours and the premier league champions leicester city. derby of the championship made it hard for themselves as darren bent showed why he's a striker. he loves to find the ne, but usually not his own. but after this slice of luck for his opponents bent made amends, popping up again at the right end, to make amends. derby then went ahead before half time, and they held on until with 4 minutes to go leicester equalised through wes morgan,
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to force a replay. what a great atmosphere. out of them to perform like that. a good game. another game against them, i look forward to it. it is a great tie for us. five premier league sides are facing lower league opposition today, so a potentialfor upset. including liverpool at home to wolves in the 12:30 kick off. liverpool's only win in any competition in 2017 so far came when they beat plymouth argyle in a third round replay. but wolves have already knocked out premier league stoke city. i don't like the results but i see that we are still fighting for each point, for each little victory, for each success. that's what we are doing and that's the job we have to do. iam doing and that's the job we have to do. i am absolutely more than ok and look forward to the next opportunity tomorrow. arsenal manager arsene wenger won't be in the dug—out for their fa cup match at southampton.
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he's been banned from the touchline for four matches and fined £25,000 after verbally abusing and pushing an official during last weekend's game against burnley. niall mcginn scored two goals and set up another, as aberdeen beat dundee 3—0 in the scottish premiership. mcginn's volley on the stroke of half time was an absolute cracker. the win moved abderdeen above rangers into second place in the table, but they're still 21 points behind celtic. there's a distinctly retro feel to the australian open tennis. you have to go back to 2008 to find these four players in the same grand slam finals. this morning, serena williams takes on her sister venus and tomorrow's men's decider will be between roger federer and rafael nadal. that's after nadal spent almost five hours on court yesterday against grigor dimitrov, before eventually winning in five sets. nadal hasn't won a major title for three years, federerforfive. we never thought that we have the
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chance to again be in a final and especially in the first of... i think we both worked very hard to be where we are, so it is great and it is great that again we are in a moment like this and we hope we have a chance to enjoy a moment like this. saracens have gone top of their pool in rugby union's anglo welsh cup, thanks to a 32—17 away to scarlets. elsewhere, sale beat cardiff 111—3, and gloucester fought back in the last few minutes to earn a 17—17 draw at bath. ben vellacott‘s late try and james hook's conversion rounded off a great contest at the rec. more than 5000 runners from 42 countries are bracing themselves for the pain and fear that they will experience in a final ever tough guy
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challenge this weekend. it started 30 years ago and has led to many other extreme obstacle event is being held around the world. there is now even a movie out to tell the story. i've been onto the course this week ahead of final weekend. it is the end of an era, on a farm in the west midlands, where for decades people from around the world have come together. why? to share the ultimate pain and fear. pushing their bodies over eight miles. but after this weekend there will be no more tough guy. it has definitely changed my life. it will be a huge pa rt of changed my life. it will be a huge part of my life that will cease to be. hundreds of thousands of people have attempted this tough guy challenge over the past 30 years. 0h! but
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challenge over the past 30 years. oh! butfor challenge over the past 30 years. oh! but for those doing at this sunday, it will be the last ever. behind it all the man known as mr mouse. a former soldier who 30 years ago wanted to add more of a challenge to fun runs, and so we invented the obstacles. this is mild compared to the electric shocks before. i decided to put people through something that they'd never seen through something that they'd never seen before. fear, pain, claustrophobic, all of the terrible things that you fear and leave them here! they come through and they say, thank you! i am so happy. you get this medal put around your neck. there's nothing else like it. i'm terrified, what can i say? as mr mouse now brings the curtain down on this world —famous event, mouse now brings the curtain down on this world—famous event, he is the
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subject of a movie that looks at why people of today willingly pay to experience such pain and suffering. if you can come back with a flight club—esque scar and a story about what you did, it sounds awesome. mr mouse's cultural impact is massive. all of these things have exploded because of tough guy not many people know about it and i thought it was a compelling story. to mark the final tough guy, competitors will bejoined by the final tough guy, competitors will be joined by the star of the war horse film. he wants them to remember the suffering that was real in the trenches 100 years ago. thanks to what started here, obstacle racing is now one of the fastest growing sports in the world. there are other events that will test people to the extreme, no more
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tough guy after this weekend. iu 0k? a bit cold! we all sat around the fire. thank you. back to our main story. the actor sirjohn hurt has died. he was 77 and had recently been ill with cancer. steven gaydos is a screenwriter and executive editor of variety magazine. he's on the line from la. thank you very much forjoining us. if you look at it, sirjohn hurt was in over 200 films. an incredible acting career and a real loss to the acting career and a real loss to the acting world, isn't he? incalculable loss because he was one of a kind. he was the bona fides great actor, but he was also a character. he had a style and a persona that was clearly unique. you met him. tell us a bit about what he was like. well,
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if you were blessed to have an evening with a great artist i admired so much, he was a quiet man and very self—effacing. you know, what i would call from my american perspective they find englishman. he had the qualities of intellect and grace and humour. you know, he was quite open and talked about the fact that he was kind of the young fellow in the game of british actors that came up in the 60s who almost all of them were gone. names like peter o'toole, burton, so many more. richard attenborough, a senior member of the game, and many more. so he took his place in that arena. if you look early in his career, it is worth noting that very early on he was working for directors like john houston, so the world clearly was noting that there was a new face
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ina was noting that there was a new face in a circle that was important. many people paying their tributes to sir john hurt today. a lot of people reflecting on the variety of the work that he was involved in. we are just going to play a clip and share with everyone. this is an interview with everyone. this is an interview with did with sigourney weaver sometime ago, two years ago, and she was reminiscing about that extraordinary scene in the film alien that many people would remember, and what it was like when a shot that scene. it was in the script and when we got down to the set everyone was wearing ponchos, which made us think... something is going to happen that is not usual. but i don't think anything could have prepared us first of all forjohn's performance. imean, first of all forjohn's performance. i mean, such brilliant acting.|j didn't realise he was acting. you thought something had gone wrong?|j
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didn't thought something had gone wrong?” didn't even think. all i thought was, john is dying! and then the next ta ke was, john is dying! and then the next take on a and this is with a couple of guys under the table. no cgi, though anything, no green screen, with a couple of little tubes and bulbs and they made this little... honestly, they did a quick change, then this thing came out of john hurt‘s fake chest, sat on the table, looked around and went squeaks. and then ran off the table, all in one shot. and there is a master where all of us are like... and we're not acting, because we just went... what just and we're not acting, because we just went... whatjust happened? it happened so seamlessly that it was... it seemed so real. that scene has been voted by many people as one of their favourite scenes of all time in the film. oh, you know, that movie — i still
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vividly remember the first screening in my hometown and the audience just... you could hear a pin drop. horror... there are films that moved the whole genre forward that changed the whole genre forward that changed the world. psycho was one of them in the world. psycho was one of them in the 50s, and ridley scott's alien was another. he was working until recently, because he was actually in the film jackie, that's out at the moment. yes, and he has ajoey wright film coming out, where he plays neville chamberlain to gary oldman's winston churchill. of course he was really terrific on the couple of years ago in only lovers left alive. so if you haven't heard of some of these movies injohn hurt‘s film graffiti then you are lucky person because you get to see for the first time all of the different facets ofjohn hurt. ——
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filmography. just looking at some of the tributes paid by a monk stub as mel brooks, he was held in great esteem in hollywood. —— among others. when you look at people like stephen spielberg, and many others, the directors choose at that level who is in theirfilms the directors choose at that level who is in their films and so the directors choose at that level who is in theirfilms and so many great filmmakers said, get mejohn hurt. that's another testament to his quality. thank you for your time this morning. steven gaydos is a screenwriter and executive editor of variety magazine. you're watching breakfast. here's chris with a look at this morning's weather. good morning. we're looking at a change in our weather, compared to last week when we were in the deep freeze, nasty fog around. things
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turning milder, the macro thaw setting in and with the milder weather comes the rain and that is getting going in england, wales and northern ireland and pushing into scotland. in scotland, still quite cold so some of that rain falling as snow in the higher hills mostly above 300 metres. the risk of icy stretches on untreated roads first thing this morning here. through the afternoon the rain will be reluctant to clear from the north but further south the skies will brighten. a mixture of sunshine and showers moving into southern wales and southern counties of england with a brisk south—westerly wind bringing milder air, temperatures in london reaching a high of nine. the rain relu cta nt to reaching a high of nine. the rain reluctant to clear from northern england but northern ireland brightening up quickly, a few blustery showers in the afternoon from the west. in scotland we have the rain with us into the afternoon, staying quite cold, around four degrees. as the rain clears through overnight the skies complete
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increasingly clear, a touch of frost for northern part, the risk of icy stretches on an treating services. in the south the wind keeping the frost out they —— on untreated surfaces. —— at bay. this area of rain bringing wet weather through the morning reaching northern ireland eventually and south—west england before going further north and east. the best of the sunshine into the afternoon for scotland and north—east england but in the sunshine still quite chilly, forsix. milder in the south—west with the cloud and rain, up to ten in plymouth. for the week ahead, and u nsettled plymouth. for the week ahead, and unsettled week, bands of rain will become quite slow moving across the uk and later in the week some bigger areas of low pressure will spread windy weather our weight. next week is looking unsettled, a change in the weather compared to recent weeks —— alleway. very windy later in the week but it will also be mild —— our
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way. not too much frost. that's the latest weather. to you two. u nsettled unsettled but getting warmer. —— back to you two. cooking we're back with the headlines at 8am. first, let's get all the latest technology news with spencer kelly and the team with click. we've long fantasised about the possibility of life on other planets. but it was only in 1995 that we actually found the first planet outside of our solar system. these exoplanets are hard to find. of course they are, they're relatively tiny. and so far they've mainly been detected indirectly,
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either by the incredibly slight dimming of a star's light as the planet moves in front of it, or by the wobble of the star caused by something orbiting it. in the last 20 years we've detected about 2000 exoplanets, but we haven't actually seen many at all. and this is why. well, the planets are very, very faint compared to a star and they're very close to a star. the kind planets where we might find life, an earthlike planet orbiting a star, would be 10 billion times fainter than a star. but if you can see the planets, you can start to look for evidence of life on their surfaces. what you need is something to block out the light of a star. what you need is a star shade. due to go into space in the middle of the next decade, it is a crazy—sounding thing that can be flown in between a space telescope and the star to precisely block out the star's light
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and reveal any planets. it'll be a few tens of metres in diameter, and in order to block outjust the light from that distant star, it'll need to be about 40,000 kilometres away from the telescope. and this is not even the maddest part of the scheme. see, there's a problem. the star shade won't fit in a rocket. and that's why a big part of the work being done here at nasa'sjet propulsion laboratory, in pasadena, and the beautiful solution they've come up with, is all about fitting the thing into a tight space and then unfurling it once in space. and the inspiration comes from origami. wow!
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it's really quite impressive. at the end you can see how large an area you can fill with such a small volume of material. but this is only the half of it because you have petals which come at here as well? yes, exactly. oh, my goodness. this cardboard model is the latest can unfurl perfectly when it's all alone. the flower shape blocks out the light better than a circle, and those outer petals need to be made to an accuracy of 50 to 100 microns. if i may say, this sounds crazy! this sounds like we want to spot some planets, what are we going to do? we're going to put a shade in space and we're going to fire it 40,000 kms from the telescope? that sounds insane. yeah, but what's really cool about that if there is this insane concept of how you're
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going to fly this massive shade so far away, 40,000 kilometres away from the telescope, but once you start breaking it down into little problems, you start testing and build a petal, you build the truss, you build the shield, you realise piece by piece what engineering needs to go in to that problem to solve it. so we just break it down into little problems that we can solve in a piecewise fashion. yeah, and isn't that a great motto for life? take an impossible problem and break it down into more possible chunks. i love the fact that atjpl you can just wander into a random room and it is called something like the extreme terrain mobility lab. that's what they're doing here. they're making robots to cope with extreme terrain. this is axel, which is a robot with a pair of wheels that can be lowered down cliffs. and this is fido and athena. these are the prototype is for the mars rovers
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spirit and opportunity. of course the point about robots is they can do things that humans might want to do but in places that humans can't go. all of these have fairly familiar designs, wheels here, some robots have legs. but kate russell has found one that looks like nothing i have ever seen before. in 2012 the world watched with baited breath as nasa deployed a rover on the surface of mars using a sky crane. this kind of science is incredibly expensive. the rover weighed 900 kilograms, as much of a full grown giraffe. but the equipment required to land it gently had to be able to take the weight of 32 giraffes. total cost? $2.5 billion. it would have been much cheaper if curiosity was lightweight, came flat—packed and was sturdy enough just to be dropped on the red planet's surface. meet super ball, a tensgrity robot in development to nasa ames.
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this lightweight sphere—like matrix can be packed down flat, taking up minimal space in a rocket and vastly reducing launch costs. because of the unique structure of this robot and the fact that it can deform and reform itself and take massive impacts, eventually nasa will be able to literally throw it at the surface of a planet and its scientific payload in the middle will be protected. it's bouncy. once deployed, super ball can handle much rougher terrains then a rover, rolling right over obstacles and up and down hills. tendon wires connecting the struts spool in and out to create momentum, in much the same way as flexing your muscles moves your limbs. if it bumps into anything solid, it'll just bounce back. it should even be able to survive falling off a cliff. the next step for super ball is to redesign the robot such that it can actually survive
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at least a one—storey drop. you can expect to see a system like this on an actual nasa mission probably in 15 or 20 years' time. over atjpl, they are working on limbed robots. it's research spawned from the darpa robotics challenge where teams competed to create highly mobile and dextrous robots that can move, explore and build things without human intervention. the plan for king louis is to be sent into space to build stuff with visual codes a bit like qr codes to guide it. we have a structured environment. we know what we are putting together so we put signposts onto all the bits and pieces of the structure we are putting together, that tell the robot a few things. most importantly, it tells the robot where those things it is manipulating are in space, literally and figuratively, so it can align itself better.
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the codes will also include construction information like which bits go together and how much torque to apply to a bolt. this will allow robots to work autonomously in teams, building space stations or planetary habitats faster and more economically than previously possible. but nasa hasn't completely given up on our four—wheeled space helpers. here we've tried to develop new kinds of robots for future space exploration. this robot, for example, is called k—rex. it's one of our main research robots that we develop and test here in the robotscape at nasa ames. this is a large play area for robots, a proving ground that we use to really try to develop things like navigation or do the mission simulations. so, the biggest question perhaps of the day for me, can i drive k—rex? definitely. let's have you do that. yes! now lots of you think we click reporters have the bestjobs in the world, but after spending
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a day at the roverscape testing ground, i think there is another contender for that title. hello and welcome to the week in tech. i've had some really engaging virtual reality experiences. one of them simply set in an office, but it seems if you are entering at vr world, you might as well go somewhere really exciting, like space. that's where home: a vr spacewalk takes you. inspired by nasa's training programme, it aims to bring a mission in space to the masses. after getting used to your new surroundings, you undertake an emergency mission. whilst enjoying views of earth from afar, a friendly hand
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from a fellow astronaut helps to get you on your way. ah, i can hold a hand. i feel a strange sense of safety there is another astronaut here. the bbc commissioned the experience last year, as its first steps into the world of virtual reality content. we've taken all the storytelling power of the bbc and applied that behind it, so there's a great script, a great narrative and then we've looked at all the cutting edge explorations people are doing around vr, in terms of bio—monitoring, haptic feedback etc etc and trying to bring that into it as a massive piece of learning really. my preview here on the htc vive saw it set up with a chair providing haptic feedback and a heart rate monitor which resulted in my being sent back to base if readings went too high. but apparently i'm very calm in space. in march it will be released for vive on steam as well as oculus. oh, goodness! i feel most disorientated! wow, the depth of it
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i think was the thing that was most surprising. you really got a sense of being up high, seeing things really, really far away. it took a while to get grips with what i was meant to be doing, but just the fact that i was moving around within space was quite incredible. whilst it wasn't possible to create a sense of weightlessness, the pictures were amazing, but obviously, i can't vouch for how true to life they are. hello. this is breakfast, with charlie stayt and steph mcgovern. the veteran actor sirjohn hurt has died aged 77. he appeared in 200 films and television productions and was twice nominated for an oscar. good morning, it's
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saturday, 28th january. also ahead: hand in hand in the white house. donald trump and theresa may pledge their commitment to the special relationship. i am a people person. i think you are also, theresa, and i can often tell how i get along with somebody very early and i believe we'll have a fantastic relationship.
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